ALLOT, Robert (fl. 1600), editor. Englands Parnassus: or, The choysest Flowers of our Moderne Poets, with their Poeticall comparisons. London: printed for N[icholas] L[ing], C[uthbert] B[urby], and T[homas] H[ayes], 1600.
8o (147 x 91 mm). Woodcut device of Ling on title (McKerrow 301). (Lacking two preliminary blanks A1-A2 [A1 signed] and Kk8; title, first two preliminary leaves and final two leaves with inner margins renewed, other mostly minor marginal repairs, occasionally touching or catching letters, some retouched, small stain on 2E7 affecting a few letters, occasional filled wormholes with letters retouched, some page numbers retouched.) Blue morocco gilt, edges gilt, by F. Bedford. Provenance: some faint early marginalia; George A. Armour (bookplate; blindstamp on front flyleaf).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT EARLY ANTHOLOGY OF ENGLISH POETRY, CONTAINING NINETY-ONE SELECTIONS FROM SHAKESPEARE. Pforzheimer's state A of the preliminaries with publishers' names in title imprint indicated only by their initials, dedication leaf (A4) uncancelled, and with dedicatory poem signed "R.A." It includes 91 extracts from Shakespeare (most derived from Venus and Adonis and Lucrece, but all from plays or poems printed prior to 1600) and selections from Daniel, Drayton, Jonson, Marlowe, Spenser, Lodge, Harington, Warner, and others. Grolier Langland to Wither 3; Hayward 38; Pforzheimer 358 (state A); STC 378.